If you’ve not yet worked out something to do for Father’s Day, there’s not long left. There’s plenty to do this weekend that Dads should enjoy (though most might not be too excited about Miffy Weekend at Waterstones) or you could book a nice lunch at some of York’s many family-friendly restaurants. Check out the eating and drinking section on Little Vikings for inspiration. Whatever you get up to, have a good one.
Mum and Baby Group – Starbucks, Monks Cross – 9.30am onwards – Free/pay for your coffee after the first 30 coffees
Starbucks at Monks Cross is holding informal get-togethers on Monday mornings from 9.30am for mums (and dads) of small children. The first thirty coffees are free.
Singamajigs – York Theatre Royal – 10.15am and 11am – £3.50 per session or 5 sessions for £15 – Book through the box office
Learn new songs, play percussion instruments and encourage your child to develop both listening and communication skills in a fun and safe environment. For children aged 1 to 4 years old.
Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply
This week’s film is Grace of Monaco.
Chocolate Hoglets – 9am to 11am – York Cocoa House – £7.50 for a parent and child, £2 per additional child
This new venture from York Cocoa House and Hoglets, a York-based theatre company for children, combines chocolatey treats and a chance to relax for parents and a storytelling workshop for the little ones. Delicious.
Toddler Time – City Screen Picturehouse – 11.30am – £3 for children, accompanying adults free if you join the Toddler Time club (free to join).
This week’s film is Rastamouse 11.
Little Diggers – DIG – £3 per child, one accompanying adult is free – 10.30am for an hour
The Little Diggers group is a Saturday morning session for 2-5 year olds at DIG. An enthusiastic guide takes the little diggers on an archaeological adventure with a different theme each week. It’s great fun and fantastic value. Booking is essential: call 01904 615 505
The annual York Carnival is organised by students at the University of York. There’s loads to see and do, including live bands, dancers, performers, food stalls, samba drummers and arts and crafts workshops. Expect sparkle, feathers and crazy costumes.
Kids’ Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am – £3.50 non-members/£1.50 members. Membership is £4.
This week’s film is Khumba.
Head to the new Waterstones store for Miffy activity weekend! Help them celebrate the forthcoming 60th birthday of Dick Bruna’s beloved creation with a fun-filled day of activities, stories and the chance to meet Miffy herself! Story-time events will be at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm – followed by a Miffy appearance.
Enjoy a traditional summer fete in the heart of the city at the Minster School. More details here.
Father’s Day Bandstand – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5pm – Normal admission prices apply
Local scout groups return to entertain in the gardens in honour of Father’s Day. In the wilderness play area have a go at building the biggest or most elaborate den or try out other popular play activities like hunting for bugs or climbing a tree. If you’re in the mood for a roast dinner, head to the cosy café (get there early and grab a table outside if the sun shines).
Not only do dads get into Piglets for free this Father’s Day, but they can also have a go at driving a tractor (every dad’s dream, surely?) or even have a go at a tug-of-war. It’s the taking part, not the winning, that counts, right? Yeah right!
Head to the new Waterstones store for a Miffy activity weekend! Help them celebrate the forthcoming 60th birthday of Dick Bruna’s beloved creation with a fun-filled day of activities, stories and the chance to meet Miffy herself! Story-time events will be at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm – followed by a Miffy appearance.
Tour de Tang Hall – Sunday 15th June – 1pm to 4pm – Free – register online in advance (email@example.com) or on the day at one of the community activity hubs
Get in the mood for the Grand Depart with the Tour de Tang Hall. Read all about it here.